Excerpt: There isn't much in the gaming world that can stand up to the sheer fun experienced when the player can implement their own ideas successfully. Mercenaries caters to this feeling very well indeed, allowing enough freedom for the player to feel like they have really achieved something when their...
Killing-for-profit game definitely isn't for kids.
Common Sense Media
24 July 2006
Summary: Parents need to know that death and destruction are constant in this game. The violence is very real and bodies go flying, although there's little blood. Playing as killers for hire, players jack cars, take hostages, and mow down enemies for profit, not any noble cause.
Excerpt: There are few people more despicable than mercenaries. By definition, they are those who have chosen to indulge in acts of violence motivated only by personal profit. Mercenaries don't believe in anything other than getting paid, and while that attitude might be encouraged among musicians and...
Excerpt: Ahhh. Death, destruction and extreme violence: how better than to spend a cold winter's evening. In fact, it's a great way to spend any evening. Blowing stuff up generally appeals to our inner warrior, and the more spectacular the explosion, the more compelling this psychopathic indulgence becomes.
Excerpt: Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is a very entertaining game by Pandemic, the makers of Star Wars: Battlefront and Destroy All Humans!, featuring gameplay that is, in the most basic terms, Grand Theft Auto meets the military.
Excerpt: The phrase “…like Grand Theft Auto , but...” has become a staple of game designs in the past year or so. Games from all genres, from platformers to even some sports titles, have, in one way or another, felt the influence of GTA ’s free-form gameplay elements.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction review (PS2)
30 January 2006
Excerpt: Demon days have come to North Korea. General Song has nuclear weapons, the gall to use them, and the willingness to sell them to terrorists. The Allied Forces show up for a fight, but they’re not alone. South Korea dreams of a unified country. China wants more land. Even the Russian mafia skulks in.
Excerpt: At first glance Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction might seem to be just another Grand Theft Auto wanna-be, but it manages to generate a generous amount of elbow room for itself in the genre.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: This is what gaming was like before the bevy of online services hit the streets. Mercenaries just goes to show you how great an awesome single player game can be. A gamer's dream - pick it up for your own good.